Abby asked the other day if I had created some kind of schedule or plan that allowed me to get work done but still have the benefits and flexibility of working from home. I thought it was a great question, so thought I would share my typical day with you and would love to hear from others who work at home.
6:00 - 7:30 AM Meditate, haul butt out of bed, eat breakfast, read the paper, check blog(s), have cup of coffee.
7:30 - 10:30 Still in PJS, sitting at computer, writing. Why don't I get dressed first? I want to get at it immediately! Look remarkably like Phyllis Diller...
10:30 -12:30 shower/bathe, pick up around house, do yoga
12:30 eat lunch
1:00 - 2:30 rewrites
2:30 - 4:00 go for walk, run errands
4:00 - 5:00 more picking up, read, begin to make supper
Every evening is spent reading, doing some personal writing, including this blog and other tasks.
I have discovered that I am not particularly creative in the afternoons or evenings, just creative enough that I can edit myself, but during those early morning hours the words just fly with joy and abandon. I think that a fixed schedule makes you feel like you are at work, which you are, and I love to get the heavy lifting done early in the morning - it makes me cheerful all day long!
I would say that the 4-5 hours a day I devote to writing are infinitely more productive than the 10-12 I often spent at my office, interrupted as I was by emails, phone calls and meetings that went on WAY longer than should be humanly acceptable.
I also do a to-do list which is also helpful, the night before so I get other administrative tasks out of the way. For instance, I have to go get a new drivers license tomorrow afternoon! The form is tucked into my day timer so I will not forget!
I have built in, besides this wonderful community, time to see friends during the week, so every Wednesday morning I go have coffee with same group of friends and now and then I meet a friend during an afternoon as well. Sometimes I will have lunch with friends out, like I will be this Thursday. I think it is important to get out during the weekdays to socialize at least once or twice.
Even as I read my schedule I find that folks might find it dull, but it really works for me. I never turn on the TV during the day unless there is some major world event, like the announcement of the Canadian Men's Olympic Hockey Team last week! I just find that the TV can suck you in. I also limit my online presence to fixed times as well and I have been shocked at how much more time I have avoiding the retail sites - it is mindboggling to me!
Since my dream is to find some amazing publisher who is on standby waiting for my work, I am being very disciplined.
Of course, that means making my work the best it can be....
I have a set time frame for getting these edits completed and then I will send the book back out to the universe and begin editing the next one. I also have another article underway and work on that in the evenings so that it doesn't interfere with my book time. I find that fixing deadlines for myself, and meeting them, makes me feel productive and will hold me in good stead for my writing career. I guess it does help that I was very disciplined in my old job.
I usually take Saturdays off completely, but then miss the writing and do a bit on Sundays. I do find that I need a break after about 3 hours, a time frame which usually nets me around 2000 words, which is not bad for a writer.
This is my winter schedule. When the garden is out and about, you would find me out there at least for an hour every day during the day!
Would love to hear from others who work from home!
In other news, I am giddy about tonight's Golden Globes, because I have a tremendous girl crush on Tina Fey and Amy Poehler!!!!
And in other other news, my friend Barb has just started a new blog, WoolGathering. I loved her post today and am sure there will be many more great ones to come! Congrats Barb!
And in other, other, other news. I don't usually need to tell Dani she looks good, because frankly, sickeningly, she always does. But she looks REAL good today, so you ought to check it out! Don't tell her I sent you - we don't want it to go to her head!
Have a wonderfully fabulous Sunday! Stay Safe out there!